Libya civil war cost 20 000 lives
Benghazi - More than 20 000 people have been killed in the six-month rebellion to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, rebel leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said on Thursday.
"I do not have the exact figure, but the armed conflict has resulted in more than 20 000 dead," said Abdel Jalil, head of the rebel Transitional National Council.
Asked about the possible presence of chemical weapons in the country, he said there was nothing to fear.
"As a former member of the [Gaddafi] regime, I know very well that those weapons have expired," he said.